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What You Should Do If Your Cat Gets Overheated

Monday, June 20, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

Summer time is here and as the heat rises, air conditioners can be overworked. If your air conditioner fails and the temperature rises to nearly 90 degrees insides, can it affect our feline friends? The answer is yes.  Cats can get heatstroke just as dogs can. Here’s what you should do if you think that your cat may be overheated.

  • keep plenty of water available and place some ice cubes in the water.
  • wipe you cat down with a cool cloth. Cats only sweat through their paws so it’s a good idea to wipe the paws with a cool cloth.
  • Use a bag of frozen peas and place it around a soft blanket or towel. Then put it in your cats bed.
  • Repeat wiping her down and make sure that she is not panting or breathing very fast.

If there are any signs such as panting, bright red tongue, vomiting, diarrhea or bleeding from the nose, get your cat to a vet right away, she is probably suffering from heat stroke.

This situation is something that you should be aware of because air conditioning units are strained in this extreme heat.

Remember, pets are family!

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